No. 912 Porsche North America 911 RSR with Michael Christensen/Patrick Long makes its way through the infield last month at Indianapolis
Dateline. Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Circuit. Road America
Track Length/Turns. 4.048-mile, 14-turn Road Course
Round. TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Round 8 of 12
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. Round 11, 12 and 13 of 17
TUDOR Championship. Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR, Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Virginia, August 22-24
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. Lone Star Grand Prix, Circuit of the Americas, Austin Texas, September 19-20
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Date. Sunday, August 10, 1:15 p.m. CT/ 10:15 a.m. PT
Race Duration. Two-Hours, 45-minutes
Classes. GT Le Mans (Porsche 911 RSR), GT Daytona class (Porsche 911 GT America)
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama
Date. Race #1: Saturday, August 9, 6:05 p.m. CT/ 3:05 p.m. PT, Race #2: Sunday, August 10, 9:50 a.m. CT/6:50 a.m. PT, Race #3: Sunday, August 10, 5:00 p.m. CT/ 2:00 p.m. ET
Race Duration. 45-minutes
Classes. Platinum (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, M.Y. 2014), Gold (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, M.Y. 2013 and earlier)
Porsche Profile. Event Story Lines
Balancing Act. Porsche 911 RSR receives adjustments for Road America
After winning the two opening rounds of the 2014 Tudor Championship at Daytona and Sebring - both low-downforce, high-speed tracks - the Porsche 911 RSR has struggled to stay competitive on the four tracks which followed on the calendar. All four tracks demanded high-downforce setups. The car performed well again at the most recent round, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is a high-speed layout that rewards low-downforce setups.
IMSA, the rule-making body of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, uses an ongoing series of well researched and thought out "Adjustments of Performance" (AoP) adjustments to maintain parody between each car in each class. The objective of these modifications to the original homologation of each car is to try and ensure close and competitive racing where no brand has a distinct upper hand.
In an effort to balance the rear-engine sportscar icon with the mid- and front-engine cars of the other manufacturers in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class, three changes to the Porsche 911 RSR have been implemented by IMSA. A new, revised rear-wing will work in conjunction with a new front aerodynamic splitter to help improve downforce for the cars. Subsequently, due to the higher drag of the revised aerodynamic package, a larger air restrictor has been agreed upon to help return the car, based on the seventh-generation of the 911 road car, to the pre-adjustment top speed levels.
For this weekend's Road Race Showcase at Road America, the trio of Porsche 911 RSRs entered in the GTLM class will utilize the latest specifications for the car for the first time. None of the three - the Nos. 911 and 912 Porsche North America "works" entries or the No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR, has tested with the latest updates.
Having worked closely with IMSA to find the set of changes, Porsche Motorsport North America now hopes that the playing field for all marques will be more even for the remaining four races on the schedule.
All Part of It. Porsche Motorsport North America On-Site Parts and Service
According to Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) parts manager Ralph Hollack, the logistics of stocking parts for up to 50 Porsche race cars that will compete this weekend at Road America is perhaps the hardest part of the providing a parts source for Porsche customer teams at the track. Early in the week of an IMSA race weekend, Hollack receives large shipments of parts from both Weissach, the worldwide Porsche Motorsport headquarters in Germany, and Santa Ana, California, PMNA headquarters. With back-to-back race weekends occurring all summer, thousands of parts from engines to the smallest nuts and washers need to be sorted and stored on the run at the race track. The consecutive race weekends make it necessary to place the parts orders from one track so they will arrive in time to use at the next track. It is the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge and smaller TUDOR GTD teams that rely on the PMNA parts staff the most. The truck's large inventory represents a parts supply to these teams so they don't need to carry a full inventory on the team transporters. Furthermore, the staff's expertise with all the models and years of Porsche race cars helps crew chiefs and technicians solve problems quickly.
The most visible service the PMNA parts staff offers is during the race itself, especially during the long endurance events. Hollack and his parts specialists keep in touch with the PMNA engineers in pit lane via radio and by monitoring the customer team communications chatter. Anticipating team needs based on track situations, PMNA can pull the parts that might be needed when the car comes into the pits. The team can either pick up the part or PMNA can run it to the pits or garage so the Porsche customer can repair the car and get back in the race.
All this activity requires substantial overhead and expense, but the customers tell Hollack that the on-site service and parts expertise is a large part of what convinced them to race Porsches rather than other marques. Hollack also reports many GT3 Cup Challenge customers tell PMNA that since they know Porsche is there for support, they can operate with lower budgets because they can carry fewer spare parts. This allows them to run in the series where they may otherwise not have the budget to do so. With a different manufacturer, an early-weekend crash may put the car in the trailer for the rest of the event, but in the TUDOR GTD or Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, it is simply business as usual and often times the car can be repaired for the next morning.
Porsche Point of View.
Jens Walther, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America
"Everyone at Porsche is excited to return to Road America. This will provide us our first opportunity to see how the aerodynamic adjustments allowed by IMSA will perform on the 911 RSR. We also have ten Porsche 911 GT America customer cars entered in the GTD class and the full complement of customers in the three GT3 Cup Challenge USA races throughout the weekend. This weekend also marks the one-year anniversary of the first time ALMS and GRAND-AM competed at the same venue together. While everyone is working very hard to continue to adapt to the new world of North American sportscar racing, it is good to see the progress made in these past 12 months."
Michael Christensen, Driver, No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR - Tudor United SportsCar Championship, GTLM Class
"I'm looking very much forward to my first race at Road America. It looks like a driver's track, and a bit old school too. Many of the drivers I have spoken to about Road America have told me it's either their favorite track, or one of the best so I am looking forward to driving it for myself. Racing wise, it's going to be very interesting and a challenge, both with driving and the set-up work.
As we can apply our new BoP update on the car this weekend, I expect that we will be able to fight more towards the front, and, I hope, to be able to fight for more victories this season. With a lot of different types of corners and long straights at Road America, I think it will be interesting to see how the car performs with the adjustments."
Melanie Snow, Owner, No. 58 Snow Racing with Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America - Tudor United SportsCar Championship, GTD Class, GT3 Cup Challenge Driver
Ms. Snow, who has had a notable professional racing career herself (1999 12 Hours of Sebring class winner, Porsche GT3 Cup Gold class champion, 2009 Porsche GT3 Cup Gold class champion and ALMS GTC champion, to name a few) is semi-retired from racing after a bad on-track incident last year in the Porsche GT3 Cup race at Road America.
On her 2013 accident: "I never knew how many friends I had in motorsports until the accident last year. Between e-mails and social media, I must have received thousands of 'get-well' wishes. After initially feeling that I didn't want to get back in the car again, I have put the accident behind me and raced in the Porsche GT3 Cup a couple of times since.
On women in the series: "It was especially gratifying to see three women in the race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, including Christina Nielsen's overall podium finish.
On son Madison's progression in the sport: "As a professional driving instructor at Miller Motorsports Park, I have seen the growth in Madison - now 18 years-old - not only as a driver, but as a man. He has always been fast, but he is now learning his role as a team member, working with the crew and his co-driver Jan Heylen to get the maximum from a race weekend. As a mother, this is very gratifying. At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the car started at the back of the pack because of a penalty, and Madison worked hard to hand it off to Jan in fourth place. He showed both the aggressiveness and patience to work his way through the field on a very tough circuit."
Porsche History. Road America
1955 - Bob Ballenger - Porsche 356 - First SCCA National race at Road America - F Production winner
1956 - Chuck Rickert/Donald Kriplen - Porsche 356 - Road America 4 Hour - F Production winner
1957 - Ed Crawford/Carl Haas - Porsche 550 RS Spyder - Road America 500 - F Modified winner
1958 - Dave Causey/Chuck Rickert - Porsche 550 RS Spyder - Road America 500 - F Modified winner
1959 - Harry Blanchard/Roger Penske - Porsche 718 RSK - Road America 500 - F Modified winner
1960 - Ernest Erickson/Don Sesslar - Porsche 718 RS 60 - Road America 500 - F Modified winner
1961 - Tom Payne/Ed Fuchs - Porsche 718 RS 61 - Road America 500 - F Modified winner
1962 - Bob Donner/Don Sesslar - Porsche 718 RS 61 - Road America 500 - E Modified winner
E.F. Hall/Glen Carroll - Porsche 718 RS 60 - Road America 500 - F Modified winner
1963 - Augie Pabst/Bill Wuesthoff - Elva Mk VII Porsche - Road America 500 - Overall winner
1964 - Joe Buzzetta/Bill Wuesthoff - Elva Mk VII Porsche - Road America 500 - Under 2.0 liter winner
1966 - Joe Buzzetta/Gunter Klass - Porsche 906 - Road America 500 - Sports Racing E winner
1967 - Joe Buzzetta/Scooter Patrick - Porsche 906 - Road America 500 - Sports Racing E winner
Fred Baker - Porsche 906 - Revson Trophy Race - overall winner
1968 - C. L. Phillips/Al Cervenka - Porsche 906 - Road America 500 - Sports Racing 2000 winner
1972 - Geroge Follmer - Porsche 917/10 - SCCA Can-Am - overall winner
1973 - Mark Donohue - Porsche 917/30 - SCCA Can-Am - overall winner
1974 - Peter Gregg - Porsche 911 Carrera RSR - SCCA Trans-Am - overall winner
1977 - Ludwig Heimrath - Porsche 934/5 - SCCA Trans-Am, Race 1 - overall winner
Peter Gregg - Porsche 934 - SCCA Trans-Am, Race #2 - overall winner
1979 - Peter Gregg - Porsche 935/79 - SCCA Trans-Am - overall winner
1980 - John Paul, Jr./John Paul, S. - Porsche 935 - IMSA Road America 500 - overall winner
1981 - Rolf Stommelen/Harald Grohs - Porsche 935 - IMSA Road America 500 - overall winner
1982 - John Fitzpatrick/David Hobbs - Porsche 935 - IMSA Road America 500 - overall winner
1984 - Al Holbert/Derek Bell - Porsche 962 - IMSA Road America 500 - overall winner
1985 - Drake Olson/Bobby Rahal - Porsche 962 - IMSA Road America 500 - overall winner
1986 - Al Holbert/Al Unser, Jr. - Porsche 962 - IMSA Road America 500 - overall winner
1987 - Price Cobb/Johnny Dumfrieles - Porsche 962 - IMSA Road America 500 - overall winner
1993 - John Winter (Louis Krages)/Manual Reuter - Porsche 962 - IMSA Road America 500 - overall winner
2000 - Darren Law/Mike Fitzpatrick - Porsche 911 GT3 R - Grand-Am - GTU winner
2001 - Randy Pobst/Kim Hiskey - Porsche 911 GT3 R - Grand-Am - GTU winner
2002 - Timo Bernhard/Joerg Bergmeister - Porsche 911 GT3 R - ALMS - GT winner
2003 - Craig Stanton/Johnny Mowlem - Porsche 911 GT3 RS - ALMS - GT winner
2004 - Joerg Bergmeister/Sascha Maassen/Timo Bernhard - Porsche 911 GT3 RSR - ALMS Road America 500 - GT2 winner
2005 - Patrick Long/Joerg Bergmeister - Porsche 911 GT3 RSR - ALMS Road America 500 - GT2 winner
2006 - Sascha Maassen/Timo Bernhard - Porsche RS Spyder - ALMS Road America 500 - LMP2 winner
Patrick Long/Joerg Bergmeister - Porsche 911 GT3 RSR - ALMS Road America 500 - GT2 winner
2007 - Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas - Porsche RS Spyder - ALMS Road America - overall/LMP2 winner
2008 - Dirk Werner/Richard Westbrook/Bryce Miller - Porsche 911 GT3 RSR - ALMS Road America 500 - GT2 winner
2009 - Tony Rivera - Porsche 911 GT3 Cup - SPEED World Challenge - overall/GT Winner
Where to Watch.
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Television Race Broadcast:
Sunday, August 10
6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT on FOX Sports 1
Re-Air of Race Highlights Package
Available at IMSA.com
Live Race Streaming:
FOX Sports GO mobile app
Live Radio Broadcast
Motor Racing Network on IMSA.com, MRN.com, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90)
Live Timing and Scoring:
Live Qualifying Streaming:
Race Weekend Schedule. (All times CT)
Friday, August 8, 2014
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Practice Session 1 - 10:25 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Practice Session 2 - 2:10 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Practice Session 1 - All Classes - 4:40 p.m. - 5:40 p.m.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Qualifying - 8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
TUDOR Championship Practice Session 2 - All Classes - 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
TUDOR Championship Practice Session 3 - All Classes - 3:10 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Qualifying - GT Daytona Class - 4:20 p.m. - 4:35 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Qualifying - GT Le Mans Class - 4:40 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Race 1 - 6:05 p.m. - 6:50 p.m.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
TUDOR Championship Warm-Up - All Classes - 9:05 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.
TUDOR Championship Driver Autograph Session - 10:15 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. - Transporters
TUDOR Championship Pre-Race Activities/Recon Laps - 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Road Race Showcase - All Classes - 1:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Two-Hours, 45-Minutes)
TUDOR Championship Post-Race Activities - 4:00 p.m.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Race 2 - 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
GT Le Mans Class (3) Porsche 911 RSR
No. 911 Porsche North America Nick Tandy (UK)/Richard Lietz (Austria)
No. 912 Porsche North America Patrick Long (Playa del Rey, Calif.)/Michael Christensen (Denmark)
No. 17 Team Falken Tire Wolf Henzler (Germany)/Bryan Sellers (Braselton, Ga.)
GT Daytona Class (10) Porsche 911 GT America
No. 18 Muehlner Motorsports America David Calvert-Jones (Los Angeles, California)/Alex Davidson (Australia)
No. 19 Muehlner Motorsports America TBA/TBA
No. 22 Alex Job Racing Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.)/Leh Keen (Atlanta)
No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Ian James (Phoenix)/Mario Farnbacher (Germany)
No. 27 Dempsey Racing Patrick Dempsey (Malibu, Calif.)/Andrew Davis (Athens, Ga.)
No. 44 Magnus Racing John Potter (Salt Lake City, Utah)/Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.)
No. 58 Snow Racing Madison Snow (Lehi, Utah)/Jan Heylen (Tampa)
No. 71 Park Place Motorsports TBA/TBA
No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, Calif.)/Kevin Estre (Germany)
No. 81 GB Autosport Damien Faulkner (Ireland)/Ben Barker (UK)
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Entry List.
Platinum Class (21) Gold Class (13)
Porsche North America Livery Delineation.
No. 911 White windshield banner, White rear wing
No. 912 Black windshield banner, Black rear wing
Past images from the venue.
2013 ALMS Race Images.
2013 GRAND-AM Race Images.
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Porsche North America Race Team Site. http://porscheracingusa.porsche.com/
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About Porsche Motorsport North America
Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA), located in Santa Ana, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Porsche AG and the sole sales and service provider for the German sports car maker's North American customer sports programs. Porsche is the largest manufacturer of race cars with a wide range of products from the 911 GT3 Cup car to the ultimate 911 GT3 RSR. PMNA sells these models to customer teams in North America and provides them with parts, service and expertise in between races and at the track. The PMNA service truck is a fixture at most race tracks in the U.S. and Canada, staffed by factory engineers to service all of Porsche's customer teams.
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